The City of Pines in Full Color (2019)


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FEATURE WRITING CONTEST WINNERS – Jubilant Grade 4 pupils from the different public elementary schools in the city pose with personnel of the City Library headed by Mercedes Bernardo and City Public Information Office headed by Aileen P. Refuerzo.during the awarding ceremony of the winners of the feature writing competiton held at the City library recently. The declared winners were Edleen Alexis G. Ramolete of Elpidio R. Quirino elementary School, Naya Beatrize A. Madlon of the Brookspoint elementary School, Rafael Jemiah P. Tapnio of Alfonso Tabora Elementary School, Angelie Kim L. Castro of Baguio Central School, Raeka Janine G. Golez of Manuel L. Quezon elementary School, Michelle Joy B. Garcia of Josefa Carino Elementary School, Jayrah Andrea A. Daplian of Pacday Quinio Elementary School, Jian Marqo R. Llanes of Baguio SPED Center, Aura Grace B. Marrero of Adiwang Elementary School and Kezieyah Jun T. Caipas of Loakan elementary School . Other participants to the contest receive their respective certificates of participation from the organizers of the annual event.
Children enjoy the early Christmas provided by SM City Baguio during the launching of its Christmas centerpiece at the mall last Sunday.


VIEW CLEARING – Baguio Mayor Benjie Magalong orders the demolition of 12 stalls and confiscation of items at the side of the iconic Lion’s Head along Kennon Road on November 6, 2019. The stalls had been removed several times in the past but errant vendors kept on rebuilding. – Photo courtesy of the City Permits and Licensing Division
MALASAKIT CENTER IN BAGUIO – Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go witnesses the turnover of the P5 million check by Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino to Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) medical center chief Dr. Ricardo Runez, Jr. as seed money for the newly opened 50th Malasakit Center at the BGHMC. Rosalia See
TOURISM TRANSPORT FRONTLINERS – Participants of the Skills Enhancement Seminar for Tourism Transport Frontliners sponsored by the city government led by the City Tourism Office on Wednesday, November 2019 will be exempted from the city’s Coding Ordinance for ONE DAY on the third week of November according to City Administrator Bonifacio Dela Pena. Participants were lectured on etiquette and decorum, treatment and protocol, driver decorum and grooming, basic tour guiding as well as an orientation on Baguio’s events and tourist spots – Photos by Joma Rivera
NEWLY REFURBISHED. DepED OIC Director for Bureau of Learning Service Atty. Mark Bragado (left) with Baguio Teachers Camp Superintendent Dr. Diosdado Medina leads the ribbon cutting and blessing of the camp’s administration building and other renovated/rehabilitated buildings inside Teachers Camp, Thursday, that include the Albert, Qurino, Rohas and Carlos P. Romulo Halls for better service to the Education Department’s functions and to other clients. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)
DONATED SCHOOLBUIDING AT LUCBAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Officials of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FFCCCI) and Baguio Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BFCCCI) turnover to the Lucban elementary School a 3-classroom schoolbuilding. (L-R) Seated: Dennis Sy (BFCCCI BOD), Alfredo Lim (FFCCCII Regional Director), Hon. Councilor Vladimir Cayabas, Peter Ng, Joseph Redulla (FFCCCII Regional Director), Asst. SDS Soraya Faculo. (L-R) Standing: Happy Homes PB Eva Marie Fianza, Lorenzo Ong (BFCCCI BOD), Jose Ong Tajan (BFCCCI Honorary President), Lucban Elementary School Principal Joseph Estigoy, PTA President Mary Langpawan, Robert Neria (BFCCCI Honorary President), Thomas Kho (Filipino-Chinese Amity Club Baguio President)
ROAD ART – Local residents and visitors take advantage on the closure of Session Road every Sunday to express their artistry. While others enjoy the closure it can’t be denied that there are motorists and commuters complaining because it’s causing traffic build-up in other main roads. JBM
Stephen Matthew Ng (second from left) of Saint Louis University Laboratory Senior High School (SLU-LSHS) bagged the silver medal (age group 14-17) of the Spartan Philippines Beast, held at the Alviera Ayala Estate, Porac, Pampanga on October 27, 2019. Contributed photo
Representatives of JKA -YMCA Baguio City, ASHCROFT TADANI and AARON M. AMBUCAY together with their Coach John Paul Lumas-e brings home 3 Golds and 1 Bronze from the KATA and KUMITE competition during the “Viva Vigan Invitational Karatedo Championship” held at the Vigan Convention Center, Vigan Ilocos, October 27, 2019. Photo contributed by : Jocelyn L. Mariano
Baguio business is much alive as Christmas Season is fast approaching. Local visitors were seen crowding stalls at the public market to buy local products. JBM
CITY HALL HOUR ISSUES – Representatives from the different offices of the local government discuss pertinent issues confronting the city during the regular City Hall Hour media gathering. In photo from left to right are City Librarian Mercedes Bernardo, Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) City Director Police Col. Allen Rae C., Engr. Nico Parado of the City |Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) and Dra. Zorayda Clavio of the City Health Services Office. Rosalia T. See
BACKYARD PIGGERY – Hograisers in Baguio are given until December 31 to dispose their pigs or the city will confiscate and close their livelihood. Backyard piggery is not allowed for highly Urbanized cities such as Baguio.
PAINTERS AND DEVOTEES – While undertaking rehabilitation and repainting jobs, a group of 20 devotees asked to have their devotion at the Shrine of Brown Madonna. – Contributed photo
15TH HRT WEEK. Competitors in the professional category puts on the final touches in their entry in the wedding cake competition of HRAB’s 15th Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Week at the Baguio Country Club. The 3 – day event gathers 17 establishments and 26 academic institutions from various parts of the country for the hospitality and culinary competitions in the professional and student category, respectively. Lito Dar/PIA CAR, 10/13/19
ART BAR OPENING – The National Book Store’s Art Bar opens its first store in a provincial mall located at the Upper Ground Floor of SM City Baguio. Inset photo shows (L-R) Art Bar operations manager Bel Arevalo, SM Group PR manager of North Karren Nobres , SM City Baguio tenant relations manager Irene Pasabing, and Art Bar managing director Sandra Ramos Padilla graced the opening and blessing of Art Bar in SM City Baguio, last October 8, 2019. Contributed photo
MOTHER TOUNGUE-BASED EDUCATION – Senior regional, provincial and city education officials discuss the advancements made by the Cordillera in the implementation of the mother tongue-based education. In photo from left to right are Assistant City Schools Superintendent Soraya Faculo, Chief-Curriculum and Instruction Division of Benguet Rizalyn Guznian and Education Supervisor of the regional education department Ethylien Taqued. ROSALIA T. SEE
DPWH-Baguio personnel lead by Maintenance Chief Engr. Nora delos Santos and Rico Salvador oversee the ongoing repair works along Session Road. The pavement was damage by the huge volume of water from a clogged drainage which was traced to hardened oil from a food chain today August 21, 2019.
FIRST TO ARRIVE. Eliz Von Quintela, Grade 12 student of Baguio City National High School, emerges as top finisher for the 5.4 kilometer Run for Resilience last July 6 that starts and finished at the Baguio Athletic Bowl. Photo by Lito Dar/PIA CAR.

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Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong inspect Governor Pack Road. Photo by Rosalia T, See

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MARATHONER RECOGNIZED – Ultra marathoner Marcelo Bautista proudly shows off his finisher award in the People’s City Eco Adventure 100 Kilometer Run held in San Fernando City, La Union last June 30 during City hall flag raising ceremony. Photo By Bong Cayabyab.

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VAST INCENTIVES – Baguio City officials headed by outgoing City Mayor Mauricio Domogan honor bemedalled retired Police Major Erlinda Lavandia during the May 20, 2019 City hall flag raising ceremonies for winning four gold medals in the SEA Athletic Championships.(female senior event categories). P/MAJ Lavandia will receive a total amount of Php 120,000 cash incentive from the city government of Baguio. Also in photo are outgoing City Councilors Edgar Avila, Leandro Yangot Jr and Elmer Datuin, and re-elected City Councilor Benny Bomogao, Elaine Sembrano. Lilia Farinas and Mylen Yaranon. Photo by Bong Cayabyab

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AMAZED AMBASSADOR – Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz, his wife Shulami, and Deputy Chief of Mission Yulia Rachinsky-Spivakov enjoy the warm reception from Baguio officials and employees. Photo by Bong Cayabyab.

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CHAMPIONS: Team Victorem of Saint Louis University was hailed champion in the 5th Philippine Startup Challenge for their startup called ‘Qrent’. Contributed photo.

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City Mayor Mauricio Domogan presents a plaque of Appreciation for retiring Police Regional Office-Cordillera Regional Director PCSupt Rolando Nana for his contribution in maintaining peace and order in the City of Baguio and the whole Cordillera region under his leadership during the latter’s last command visit last March 13. Bong Cayabyab

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PIGGY FACE – Baguio folks join the Chinese community in the celebration of the Chinese New Year, February 6, 2019. Joseph B. Manzano

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STOP- Local court orders Sta Lucia Realty Development Incorporated to stop any further development in a contested property in the boundary of Baguio and Tuba. Photo lifted from “The Igorot” Facebook account, 01/20/19

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HONEST STORE HELPER – For his honesty, City Mayor Mauricio Domogan invited Ramel Farinas to attend the City Hall flag raising ceremony on January 7, 2019 to give him due recognition and possible employment at City Hall.  Farinas (center) is witnessed by Domogan as he returns the purse of Angeline Puzon containing P10,000 cash which she accidentally dropped. By Bong Cayabyab 01/13/19

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